Salmonella outbreak traced back to single source of eggs

The national salmonella outbreak which has struck down nearly 250 people across Britain could be traced back to a single source of eggs, health investigators have said.

Break-outs have erupted across the country, with 99 cases recorded in Hampshire, 30 in London, 39 in Cheshire and Merseyside, and 54 in the West Midlands.

Earlier this month, three hospital patients affected by the salmonella outbreak in Birmingham died.

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What is Salmonella Enteritidis?

Public Health England has announced it is investigating a national outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis - but what is it?

  • It is a strain of bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness
  • The bacteria can be found in uncooked meat, seafood, poultry and eggs
  • It is one of the most common strains of Salmonella reported worldwide
  • Anyone can get a Salmonella infection
  • However, the elderly, infants and people with impaired immune systems have an increased risk of becoming seriously ill

Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.

Source: Public Health England and US Center for Disease Control

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